Alexander P. Isakov, MD, MPH

Executive Director


Professor of Emergency Medicine

Emory School of Medicine


Alexander P. Isakov, MD, MPH, is the founding Executive Director of CEPAR and a Professor of Emergency Medicine at Emory University. He has led the development of the CEPAR office, providing oversight and leadership for numerous initiatives aimed at improving the disaster resilience of Emory and the broader community. His professional experience includes service as an officer in the United States Navy, consulting for the CDC, deploying with the National Disaster Medical System, and providing leadership in EMS and disaster preparedness. He is also the director for Emory’s Section of Prehospital and Disaster Medicine, whose faculty and staff provide medical oversight for 911 communications centers, first responders, and air and ground ambulance services in the metropolitan Atlanta area.

Dr. Isakov has been active in programs to improve EMS and community disaster resilience locally, regionally, and nationally. He founded and directs the Emory-Grady EMS Bio-Safety Transport Program, which supports the Emory University Hospital Serious Communicable Diseases Unit and the CDC for the transport and management of persons confirmed or suspected to have a high consequence infectious disease. He led the team that developed SORT, the Strategy for Off-site Rapid Triage, designed to triage patients during flu pandemics that was featured on interactive websites hosted by the Microsoft Corporation and the US Department of Health and Human Services during the 2009 flu pandemic, and repurposed for the COVID-2019 pandemic (

Dr. Isakov recently served on the National Association of EMS Physicians board of directors and the National Association of State EMS Officials Ebola & High Consequence Infectious Disease Transport Expert Panel. He led the Academic-Community Partnership for Sustainable Preparedness and Response Systems project of the Emory Preparedness and Emergency Response Research Center, which explored the relationship between academic institutions and the public health preparedness, and emergency management communities. He previously served the National Academy of Science, Engineering and Medicine as a member of the Ad Hoc Committee on Strengthening the Disaster Resilience of Academic Research Communities and the Ad Hoc Committee on the Certification of Personal Protective Technologies. He is currently the Emergency Medical Services lead for the National Ebola and Other Special Pathogens Training and Education Center and is an awardee of a National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences - Worker Training Program Cooperative Agreement to disseminate education and training as part of the national Infectious Disease Training Network. He is a member of the Epidemic Expert Panel of the American College of Emergency Physicians and a subject matter expert for the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, Technical Resources, Assistance Center, and Information Exchange.

Dr. Isakov is certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine in both emergency medicine and emergency medical services. He practices clinically in the emergency department of Emory University Hospital.